Four Swiss Mechanical Marvels from Upcoming Sotheby’s Sale


Acclaimed 19th-century automata from a private collection will be available once again as lots billed Swiss Mechanical Marvels Part II have been added to Sotheby’s Important Watches auction, to be held in New York City on June 8. Following the first installment of 22 pieces (belonging to the same owner) offered last June, this assortment comprises another 20 examples of the intricate art form that includes animated timepieces, music boxes, and coffrets.



Marvelous miniatures, each features hundreds of parts as well as, in most cases, impressive provenance. The auction, consisting of 213 total lots, will begin at 10 am with bids accepted in person, by phone, or online. Here is a sneak peek at four of the mechanized masterpieces. (